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The blacksmith lets his iron grow cold attending to the taylor's news

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  • Title (object)

    • The blacksmith lets his iron grow cold attending to the taylor's news
  • Description

    The interior of a blacksmith's forge. Two men in leather aprons and rolled up shirt-sleeves stand at the anvil; one has a hammer in his right. hand, the iron in his left. Both gape in consternation towards a tailor, who stands on the right. He holds in his hand a newspaper, "The Morning . . . Monday July" and reads from it. Under his arm is a large pair of scissors, a yard measure hangs from his pocket. The other smith, behind and to the left., is similarly dressed; by him stands a man also wearing an apron but with a coat and a short wig. In the background is a woman holding a baby. On the left. is a large forge with a cone-shaped chimney and an enormous pair of bellows. The roof is raftered. Four horse-shoes, a bent strip of iron, and the portrait of a man (possibly Wilkes) hang on the wall. A dog is asleep in the foreground. 1 July 1772


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  • Date

    • 1772
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 177 millimetres
    • Width: 118 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    From the 'Oxford Magazine', viii. 229. An illustration of the Passage from 'King John' from which the title is taken.
    A satire on the favourite theme of tradesmen and artisans who neglect their business to settle the affairs of the nation. See BMSat 4937, 5086, 5614, &c. There is a mezzotint of the same subject by J. Finlayson after J. Donaldson, published 1 May 1769.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5074 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1772 Unmounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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